Confessions of a Reluctant E-Filer: How I Learned to Do My Taxes Online

TurboTax Introduced Me to the Joys of E-file

I'm one of those over-40-something people who grew up in an age before computers were a virtual necessity. I remember TV before remote controls, telephones before answering machines, and music before digital downloads. Yep, I'm old.

On the other hand, I'm also someone who adopted the Internet early on. I started working for a dotcom in the height of the Internet frenzy, back in the 1990s when famed failures such as Webvan and Pets.com were still the darlings of Wall Street.

So you might think I would have been one of the first e-filers. Nope. I didn't like the idea of paying for software or an online service when I could do my taxes on paper for the cost of a stamp. So I kept doing it the old-fashioned way for a long time. But eventually the idea of pushing a button to submit my tax returns - and the prospect of getting my refund faster - eventually won out, and I used TurboTax to file my 2005 taxes online.

At first, it made me nervous. I didn't have to subtract line 36 from line 22 and copy it to line 37. All I had to do was answer the questions the program asked. It was easy. Too easy. I didn't have to go back and check every line to make sure I subtracted this from that or added that to this. The software did everything, and then it checked for errors. NICE!

Now I love it. Each year when I’m ready to do my taxes, all my previous year's information is there, and I just let the computer walk me through the process. It's quick. It's painless. It's easy.

So from one old dog to another, if you haven't taken the plunge, do it. Learn a new trick. You'll be glad you did.

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rdelp 7 years ago

I used it for the first time last year and it was much easier.

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